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Things to do in Chicago this Week: Party in the day, Shop in the Night, and Much More!

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Chicago Ideas Week

Chicago Ideas Week

When: Monday, October 12th – Sunday, October 18th

Where: Varying locations throughout Chicago

Why you may want to attend: “Chicago Ideas is a movement built on one core belief; when a broad spectrum of thinkers and instigators share ideas, we have the power to transform our world. Becoming a part of the movement is as easy as purchasing a ticket, becoming a member or partner, or volunteering at events.

Talks, labs, conversations, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – with over 160 events to choose from.

More info: Chicago Ideas

See our complete “Things to do in Chicago” calendar

Chicago International Film Festival

Chicago International Film Festival

When: October 15th – October 29th

Where: (Mostly) AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois Street

Why you may want to attend: Film is a transformative medium, giving expression to different ways of thinking while confirming our shared stories and common humanity. Presenting more than 150 narrative feature, documentary and short films from over 50 countries, the 51st Chicago International Film Festival – held October 15-29, 2015 – will bring the world to Chicago. Featured Image: Adama

More info: Chicago Film Festival

See our complete “Things to do in Chicago” calendar2015 Chefs Hall of Fame Event

2015 Chefs Hall of Fame Event

When: Thursday, October 15th; 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Where: Crystal Gardens in Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand

Why you may want to attend: Six culinary innovators will be formally inducted into the Chefs Hall of Fame at an event on Thursday, October 15, 2015, at the Crystal Gardens in Navy Pier where the Honorary Event Chair will be Phil Stefani. Previous inductees into the Chefs Hall of Fame include the late Chef Charlie Trotter in 2006 and Rick Bayless in 2008.

The evening will feature an open bar, wandering feast from top local restaurants including Graham Elliot Bistro, Everest, The Purple Pig, Rush 437, Riva, Chicago Cut Steakhouse, LaScarola, MK, Kiki’s Bistro, All Chocolate Kitchen, Revolution Brewing, Gibson’s and more to be announced, along with a silent auction, raffle, and awards presentation.

More info: Chicago Culinary Museum

See our complete “Things to do in Chicago” calendarGilt City Warehouse Sale

Gilt City Fall 2015 Warehouse Sale

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When:

Friday, October 16, 2015

  • Evening Session: 7pm-9pm, $25
  • Late Night Session: 9:30pm-11:30pm, $20

 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

  • Morning Session: 9am-11am, $10
  • Early Afternoon Session: 11am-1pm, $10
  • Late Afternoon Session: 1pm-3pm, $10
  • Early Evening Session: 3pm-5pm, $10

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Warehouse, 1747 W. Hubbard Street

Why you may want to attend: The discount shopping event of the year, in my opinion. Shop 80% off of retail from both up-and-coming designers and the most venerable fashion houses, from Lanvin, Chloe, Valentino, Missoni, Balenciaga and Dior to Brian Atwood, Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo and more.

Beverages and snacks provided by Justin’s, Balance Water and Argo Tea, in addition to Cities in Dust, a local jewelry brand that will be offering 20% off their collection. Ticket prices vary according to date and time of session, which allow for two hours of shopping.

More info: Gilt

See our complete “Things to do in Chicago” calendarParty Noire Day Party

Party Noire Monthly Day Party

When: Saturday, October 17

Where: The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Avenue West

Why you may want to attend: Go Black to the Future every month at The Promontory with Party Noire, a monthly day party founded by Nick, Rae, and Lauren. If you missed out on the party of the summer with our kick-off Party Noire, join us on Saturday, October 17th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the party of the fall! DJ Rae Chardonnay will again be delivering dope sounds…and they’ll soon be announcing a special guest DJ who will also be adding to the perfect day party’s afternoon vibes. Follow Party Noire onInstagram (@PartyNoire) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/partynoire) for sneak peaks about what we’re bringing you at the party of the fall and for special giveaways.

More info: Party Noire’s Facebook

See our complete “Things to do in Chicago” calendarCulinary Care Cook-Off

Culinary Care’s Inaugural Kick Off

When: Saturday, October 17th; 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch Street

Why you may want to attend: This Saturday, Kari is supporting an amazing local non-profit, Culinary Care. They deliver complimentary meals to in-need cancer patients and their families. Since founding in 2013, they’ve delivered nearly 4,000 meals, serving 250 patients and their families. While proud of this accomplishment, there are still at least 200,000 more that need our support.

With that said, I hope you’ll consider joining us at the Inaugural Corporate Cook-Off on October 17th at Kendall College! It’s going to be a fun night designed to make you feel as though you’re part of a live cooking show. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to network with some top companies and sample unique bites from Chicago’s top chefs.

  • Dress code: Cocktail Attire

Purchase tickets online at culinarycare.org/cookoff.

  • PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS

Next // Travelle // Longman & Eagle // Trencherman // The Betty // Cochon Volant // Sunda // Kinmont // The Florentine // Community Tavern // Troquet // Porkchop // Bottlefork

More info: Culinary Care

Kari Herrera is the creator of Chicagoings.com, Chicago’s indie city guide and blog. She often writes about the city’s points-of-interest as experienced by a local. She is a Social Media Marketing Manager and freelance writer. When she’s not working, Kari donates much of her time to the education of French-speaking immigrants in Chicago.

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